French: Monarque des Fidji German: Fidschimonarch Spanish: Monarca de Fiyi
Other common names:
Ovalau, western Fiji Islands
Subspecies and Distribution
C. v. wiglesworthi
Mayr, 1933 – Rotuma (extreme N Fiji).
C. v. vitiensis
(Hartlaub, 1866) – Fiji Shrikebill – W Fiji (Viti Levu, Ovalau, Lomaiviti Group).
C. v. brunneus
(E. P. Ramsay, 1875) – Kadavu, Ono and Vanua Kula (SW Fiji).
C. v. buensis
(E. L. Layard, 1876) – Vanua Levu and Kioa (N Fiji).
C. v. layardi
Mayr, 1933 – Taveuni.
C. v. pontifex
Mayr, 1933 – Rabi and Qamea (NE Fiji).
C. v. vatuanus
Mayr, 1933 – Lau Archipelago (Tuvuca, Yacata, Vatu Vara), in C Fiji.
C. v. nesiotes
(Wetmore, 1919) – Lau Archipelago (S from Cicia).
C. v. fortunae
(E. L. Layard, 1876) – Wallis and Futuna (Futuna, Alofi).
C. v. keppeli
Mayr, 1933 – N Tonga (Niuatoputapu, Tafahi).
C. v. heinei
(Finsch & Hartlaub, 1870) – Tonga (Ha’apai Group, Nomuka Group, ‘Eue’iki).
C. v. powelli
(Salvin, 1879) – Manu’a Shrikebill – Manu’a Is in American Samoa (Ofu, Olosega and Tau).
18–19 cm; 29·2 g. Large, rather featureless, dull brownish monarch; large wedge-shaped bill with slight hook at tip, surrounded by rictal bristles. Nominate race... read more
Long drawn-out wavering, melodious whistling “teee-ooooo” call, with several variations... read more
Dense native forest and thicket, but frequents any well-wooded areas or thick scrub, from sea-level... read more
Food and feeding
Largely insectivorous, including grubs and probably caterpillars. Frequently seen in pairs; often joins mixed-species flocks with other... read more
Breeds Jun–Jan. Nest a deep cup made of vine tendrils, rootlets and fine plant stems, lined with fine fibres and decorated with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Fiji EBA and Samoan Islands EBA, also in Rotuma Secondary Area, Wallis and Futuna Secondary Area... read more
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